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7th Dec '17 10:51:47 PM BananaPancakes
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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the last official installment of the ''Superman'' movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti–nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black-market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a tabloid, while his daughter, Lacy Warfield, takes an interest in Clark Kent.

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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the fourth and last official installment of the ''Superman'' movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released in 1987, four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti–nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black-market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a glorified tabloid, while his daughter, Lacy Warfield, takes an interest in Clark Kent.



** This is then compounded when Nuclear Man lets go of the woman in question - she [[SpaceIsAir falls down]].

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** This is then compounded when Nuclear Man lets go of the woman in question - -- she [[SpaceIsAir falls down]].



* CanonForeigner: The movie's not exactly short on them- Nuclear Man, the Warfields, Lenny Luthor and Jeremy.
* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter--and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)

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* CanonForeigner: The movie's not exactly short on them- them -- Nuclear Man, the Warfields, Lenny Luthor and Jeremy.
* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter--and daughter, Alexandra -- and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)



* DemotedToExtra: Not to the extent that she was in ''Superman III'', but Lois Lane still spends much of the film sidelined in favor of Lacy. However, this time round she does at least have a few important bits, most notably where she gives Superman back his cape, which had wound up at the Daily Planet after Mr. Warfield tried to use it for a cheap headline after Superman's defeat.

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* DemotedToExtra: Not to the extent that she was in ''Superman III'', but Lois Lane still spends much of the film sidelined in favor of Lacy. However, this time round she does at least have a few important bits, most notably where she gives Superman back his cape, which had wound up at the Daily Planet ''Daily Planet'' after Mr. Warfield tried to use it for a cheap headline after Superman's defeat.



* ForTheEvulz: Why Nuclear Man heads out to cause MonumentalDamage once he and Superman meet up.
-->'''Lex:''' Destroy Superman.
-->'''Nuclear Man:''' First, I have fun!



* ForTheEvulz: Why Nuclear Man heads out to cause MonumentalDamage once he and Superman meet up. "Destroy Superman! But first, I have fun!"



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mr. Warfield skipped a few important details in taking over the Daily Planet, as Perry White said.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mr. Warfield skipped a few important details in taking over the Daily Planet, ''Daily Planet'', as Perry White said.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: A plot device introduced in ''Film/SupermanII'' becomes a bit more disturbing in this film. Superman comes awfully close to using this power as a date rape drug.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: A plot device introduced in ''Film/SupermanII'' becomes [[FridgeHorror a bit more disturbing in this film. Superman comes awfully close to using this power as a date rape drug.]]



* MythologyGag: Lex and Lenny creating protoform ("creating life"), just like in the Superboy comics where a teenage Lex tried the same thing.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Surprisingly, Superman's "Rebuild-the-Great-Wall-Of-China-Vision" is not ''quite'' the most ridiculous in the character's many decades of stories.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]].

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Inverted. The day David Warfield buys the ''Planet'', when Clark enters the newsroom, he identifies the new boss as the "tycoon who owns all those sleazy tabloids." Lois and Jimmy correct him: "Who owns all those sleazy tabloids ... and ''The Daily Planet''."
* MythologyGag: Lex and Lenny creating protoform ("creating life"), just like in the Superboy ''Superboy'' comics where a teenage Lex tried the same thing.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Surprisingly, Superman's "Rebuild-the-Great-Wall-Of-China-Vision" "Rebuild-the-Great-Wall-of-China-Vision" is not ''quite'' the most ridiculous in the character's many decades of stories.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet ''Daily Planet'' being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]].



* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: The films were simply numbered up until this installment, which gained a subtitle in "The Quest For Peace".
* OneBookAuthor: Mark Pillow (Nuclear Man) never acted in any other movie (before or since). Strangely, his name is actually ''on the poster''.

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* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: The films were simply numbered up until this installment, which gained a subtitle in subtitle, "The Quest For Peace".
for Peace."
* OneBookAuthor: Mark Pillow (Nuclear Man) never acted in any other movie (before or since). Strangely, his name is actually ''on the poster''.



* PapaBear: Mr. Warfield tried to protect Lacy from Nuclear Man.

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* PapaBear: Mr. Warfield tried tries to protect Lacy from Nuclear Man.



* PlotHole: How does Superman instantly know that Nuclear Man is referring to Lacy Warfield when Nuclear Man wants Superman to "take him to the ''woman''"? Baffling in the theatrical cut of the film, it's only slightly less so in the extended cut. In that version, the ''first'' incarnation of Nuclear Man apparently fell in love with Lacy prior to his demise. Even then it's something of a leap in logic for Superman to deduce that the second Nuclear Man has all the memories of the first.
** Or Superman was just trying to pretending to know to dissuade the rampaging Nuclear Man who is a ranting about some woman. Superman does not know who he is talking about, and just says something like "Whoever you're looking for, she isn't here. Please stop rampaging over this."

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* PlotHole: How does Superman instantly know that Nuclear Man is referring to Lacy Warfield when Nuclear Man wants asks Superman to "take him to "Where is the ''woman''"? Baffling in the theatrical cut of the film, it's only slightly less so in the extended cut. In that version, the ''first'' incarnation of Nuclear Man apparently fell in love with Lacy prior to his demise. Even then it's something of a leap in logic for Superman to deduce that the second Nuclear Man has all the memories of the first.
** Or Superman was just trying to pretending to know to dissuade the rampaging Nuclear Man who is a ranting about some woman. Whether Superman does not know who knows to whom he is talking about, and just says something like "Whoever you're looking for, she isn't here. Please stop rampaging over this.referring or not, he says, "Give it up. You'll never find her."



-->'''Luthor: You have my voice.'''

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-->'''Luthor: -->'''Luthor:''' You have my voice.'''



* SpoiledSweet: Lacy Warfield. Despite the fact that her father is an enormous jerkass and gave her the job of Publisher through nepotism, she is a genuinely nice person who resents her father's treatment of the Daily Planet employees.

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* SpoiledSweet: Lacy Warfield. Despite the fact that Even though her father is an enormous jerkass {{jerkass}} and gave her the job of Publisher publisher through nepotism, {{nepotism}}, she is a genuinely nice person who resents her father's treatment of the Daily Planet employees. ''Daily Planet'' employees.



* TwoTimerDate: Pulled when Clark has to go on a date with Lacy and give an interview to Lois as Superman at the same time. HilarityEnsues as even Superman has trouble maintaining the charade despite having superspeed and all that. Made all the more annoying because Clark had outed himself to Lois as Superman twice in the film series, one of those times in this movie, but erased her memory for reasons inscrutable. The sequence, which calls for a deft, farcical touch, also gets the opposite from the director.

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* TwoTimerDate: Pulled when Clark has to go on a date with Lacy and give an interview to Lois as Superman at the same time. HilarityEnsues as even Superman has trouble maintaining the charade despite having superspeed super speed and all that. Made all the more annoying because Clark had outed himself to Lois as Superman twice in the film series, one of those times in this movie, but erased her memory for reasons inscrutable. The sequence, which calls for a deft, farcical touch, also gets the opposite from the director.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jeremy and Lacy both vanish from the film without explanation; the former after Superman's speech to the UN, and the latter after Nuclear Man's defeat. Yet again, the scenes showing what happened to them hit the cutting room floor. Lacy is offered the chance to carry on at the Daily Planet by Clark, but decides to stay with her father and try to reform him. Jeremy, on the other hand gets taken on a flight by Superman... into space. Where the two have a conversation. The former scene's deletion is puzzling given it was only about 30 seconds long, but the latter one is probably more justifiable.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jeremy and Lacy both vanish from the film without explanation; the former after Superman's speech to the UN, and the latter after Nuclear Man's defeat. Yet again, the scenes showing what happened to them hit the cutting room floor. Lacy is offered the chance to carry on at the Daily Planet ''Daily Planet'' by Clark, but decides to stay with her father and try to reform him. Jeremy, on the other hand gets taken on a flight by Superman... into space. Where the two have a conversation. The former scene's deletion is puzzling given it was only about 30 seconds long, but the latter one omission is probably more justifiable.
11th Oct '17 6:46:33 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Lenny states that he and Lex are Nuclear Man's parents upon creating him.

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* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: HasTwoDaddies: Lenny states that he and Lex are Nuclear Man's parents upon creating him.
9th Sep '17 5:31:37 AM TitoMosquito
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* CallingTheOldManOut: When Mr. Warfield tries to use Superman's cape as a promotional gimmick, Lacy has had enough with his dad.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: When Mr. Warfield tries to use Superman's cape as a promotional gimmick, Lacy has had enough with his her dad.
14th Jul '17 4:20:22 AM TitoMosquito
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* CallingTheOldManOut: When Mr. Warfield tries to use Superman's cape as a promotional gimmick, Lacy has had enough with his dad.



* DefrostingIceQueen: Lacy Warfield. Though deep down she resents her father, only after trying to use Superman's cape as part of a gimmick did she had enough. Also, she tries to woo Clark to prove Lois wrong only to see he really is a nice guy and comes to really like him.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Lacy Warfield. Though deep down she resents her father, only after trying to use Superman's cape as part of a gimmick did she had enough. Also, she tries to woo Clark to prove Lois wrong only to see he really is a nice guy and comes to really like him.him when she sees he's really a nice guy.


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* PapaBear: Mr. Warfield tried to protect Lacy from Nuclear Man.
6th Jun '17 7:47:42 PM dsneybuf
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''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour and a half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent''. One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.

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''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour and a half. Its running time was One cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent''. One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.
13th Apr '17 8:21:12 PM NapoleonDeCheese
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* CanonForeigner: The movie's not exactly short on them- Nuclear Man, the Warfields, Lenny Luthor and Jeremy.
16th Feb '17 7:36:14 AM SteveMB
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Superman and Nuclear Man battle from Metropolis to China to Italy within a short period, with all three locations in daylight.
16th Feb '17 6:53:09 AM SteveMB
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Present in all the movies, but particularly prevalent here. Most of ''Superman IV'' was filmed in England, and it shows. For example, the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Headquarters scene was shot at the Milton Keynes Central Railway Station. (According to Creator/ChristopherReeve, they were originally intending to shoot the scene at the ''actual'' UN building in New York, but due to budget constraints, they ended up filming it in Milton Keynes.)
4th Feb '17 11:16:33 AM Peridonyx
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* RealityWarping: Superman's "Rebuild the Great Wall of China" Vision.
17th Jan '17 4:31:12 PM MCanter89
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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the last official installment of the Superman movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti-nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a tabloid, while his daughter Lacy Warfield takes an interest in Clark Kent.

''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.

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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the last official installment of the Superman ''Superman'' movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti-nuclear anti–nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black market black-market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a tabloid, while his daughter daughter, Lacy Warfield Warfield, takes an interest in Clark Kent.

''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. hour and a half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' ''coherent''. One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.






* BrainsAndBrawn: Lex Luthor and Nuclear Man. (Lex sees it as analagous to [[GretzkyHasTheBall an American football coach and "the best power forward ever"]].)

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* BrainsAndBrawn: Lex Luthor and Nuclear Man. (Lex sees it as analagous analogous to [[GretzkyHasTheBall an American football coach and "the best power forward ever"]].)



* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{Narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter-- and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)

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* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{Narm}}y {{narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter-- and daughter--and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)



* {{Irony}}: Nuclear Man is solar powered. Yep, the guy whose very existence represents the horrors of nuclear war and the supposed dangers of nuclear energy is also the most eco-friendly supervillian ever created. Then again, "nobody's perfect".
** Also, there's the fact that Superman ''himself'' is solar powered. Admittedly, before this time his powers were mostly ascribed to being a HeavyWorlder. It was right around this time that John Byrne rebooted the character in the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' miniseries, and Superman's cells absorbing solar radiation to fuel his abilities became the primary explanation for how his powers worked (and unlike Nuclear Man, Supes can actually hold a charge).

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* {{Irony}}: Nuclear Man is solar powered. solar-powered. Yep, the guy whose very existence represents the horrors of nuclear war and the supposed dangers of nuclear energy is also the most eco-friendly supervillian supervillain ever created. Then again, "nobody's perfect".
** Also, there's the fact that Superman ''himself'' is solar powered.solar-powered. Admittedly, before this time his powers were mostly ascribed to being a HeavyWorlder. It was right around this time that John Byrne rebooted the character in the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' miniseries, and Superman's cells absorbing solar radiation to fuel his abilities became the primary explanation for how his powers worked (and unlike Nuclear Man, Supes can actually hold a charge).



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]Smith]].



** Like much of ''Superman IV'', it's a CallBack to ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]'', when Supes urges Lois that flying is still the safest way to travel. Again, there's a lack of fine touch, so instead of seeming like a boy scout, he seems like an idiot.

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** Like much of ''Superman IV'', it's a CallBack to ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]'', ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', when Supes urges Lois that flying is still the safest way to travel. Again, there's a lack of fine touch, so instead of seeming like a boy scout, he seems like an idiot.



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